SOLD - German Imperial Navy Beer Stein from SMS Gneisenau
7/6/15 - This is a rare, original German Imperial Navy beer stein belonging to Reservist Thielke, who completed his obligatory military service during 1905 - 1908 while assigned to the armored cruisers SMS Friedrich Carl and SMS Gneisenau. Thielke's captain on both cruisers was Franz Hipper, who achieved fame at Jutland in 1916 as commander of the battlecruiser squadron. Friedrich Carl won the Fleet gunnery prize in 1907. The entire crew of Friedrich Carl transferred to the newly commissioned Gneisenau in 1908. Gneisenau (pictured on the stein) belonged to Vice Admiral Maximilian von Spee's famed East Asia Squadron when World War I commenced; the armored cruiser participated in the German victory at Coronel, but was subsequently sunk at the Battle of the Falkland Islands in December 1914. The stein has a photo pane in the bottom depicting a German sailor bidding his tearful lady farewell with his ship ready to sail in the background. Principal markings include "D.R.G.M. No. 963884," which denotes the design is patented. The condition is excellent with no chipping or other damage. There is skepticism surrounding the bolt holding the lid hinge - we believe this is a post-war replacement. The rest of this stein is original. Beautiful craftsmanship overall.
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